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    Laws and governments are not the only forces impacting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. Society, culture, and religion can also strongly impact the well-​being of LGBTI people. Religion is often given as a justification for discrimination and mistreatment of LGBTI people. Those who persecute LGBTI people also accuse them of violating long-​held cultural traditions. Social change is often more difficult to achieve than legal change. There are religious leaders in many faiths who consider LGBTI identity sinful and exclude and stigmatize LGBTI people from their faith communities. Many of these leaders encourage psychologically​—​and sometimes physically​—​harmful “reparative therapy” practices, support relatives who reject their LGBTI family members, and even call for torture and execution of LGBTI people.

ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

Pope to Gay Man: ‘God Made You Like This’

A gay victim of sexual abuse said he received a moving message of support from Pope Francis. Juan Carlos Cruz met with the leader of the Catholic Church last week, in order…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

Colombia LGBT: The Shop that Wants Men to ‘Leave Behind Shyness’

Pinned to the glass door of Tranxtienda, a clothes shop tucked away on the third floor of an aging concrete mall in the Colombian capital Bogotá, a sign reads: “If this door…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

South African Pastor Jailed For Blaming Cape Town Drought On Homosexuality

A South African pastor who blamed the Cape Town drought on “wickedness and homosexuality” has been given a 30-day prison sentence. According to South Africa’s News24.com, Oscar Bougardt was found guilty of…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

Royal Wedding: Bishop’s Church Threatened with Expulsion from Anglican Communion for Embracing Same-Sex Marriage

Bishop Michael Curry made waves at the Royal Wedding after showing his stance on equality – which has even caused his church to be punished for embracing equal marriage. In 2016, the…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2018

Gay Acceptance Grows in the Netherlands, but Kissing in Public Still an Issue

The Netherlands has become more accepting of gay and transgender people, but many still find it difficult to witness gay men kissing or holding hands, according to new research by the government’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2018

Only Gay Pride Event in the Arab world Cancelled

The only gay pride event in the Arab world has been canceled after the organizer was held by police. Hadi Damien was detained overnight on Tuesday and said after his release: ‘Beirut…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Mexico’s LGBT Community Get Moist for Ultimate Smooch Fest to Protest Homophobia

The LGBT community in Mexico is taking a stand against homophobia in one of best ways possible. They’re proudly kissing each other in public. For heterosexual couples, public displays of affection are…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Britain Reaching ‘Peak Acceptance’ for LGBT Rights, Study Finds

A successful gay businessman has criticised a university report suggesting a slowdown in tolerance of homosexuality among ethnic minorities, saying it was "offensive" to claim tolerance was on the decline. The analysis…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Hong Kong’s Behind-Closed-Doors Gay Weddings

It was a day Alvin Chan and his partner C.P. So had never imagined possible — tying the knot in front of cheering family and friends in Hong Kong. Apprehensive about holding…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Inside the Fight Against America’s Wave of Anti-LGBT Adoption Bills

On May 11, Oklahoma became the eighth state to allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to cite religious beliefs in order to discriminate against LGBTpeople looking to foster or adopt children. The Sooner…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Everyone is Welcome: The Only Gay Hangout in the Arab World

From giving refuge to offering makeup sessions, Helem is an umbrella for some of Lebanon’s most marginalised people. Tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood of Beirut, Helem, the first community centre for LGBTQI+…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

New Colombia Truth Commission to Focus on Society’s ‘Most Fragile’

The head of a new commission formed to expose the truth behind human rights abuses committed during Colombia's long civil war has said it will focus on society's "most fragile" and look…

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